GarrettB (843) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think Iíve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. Iím sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I donít know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!
jake65 (2446) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
SN Ovila Quad: Bottle, shared on Thanksgiving day. Pours a deep auburn color with a thing ring of beige head. Wonderful nose, almost dessert like and in swirling in decadence. Belgian candies/sugar, yeast, dark fruits, raisons, figs, caramel, and leather. I could sit here and sniff this all day long. The taste is a subdued version of the aroma; yeast, faint cloves, raisons, leather, and some earthy florals. Not as sweet at the aroma would suggest, but hearty and well balanced. A nice viscosity, but one minor flaw (imo) would be a bit too much carbonation. Overall nice flavor depth and a good finish. The nose is simply above and beyond thoughÖ
skoisirius (1345) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím currently rating every SN brew Iíve ever had in one clean sweep.
I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks!
merc7186 (1469) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: (I will admit this tap was under carbonated) Dark Brown Reddish Hue, Passes No Light, No Head, No Lacing
S: Dark Fruit, Raisins, Caramel, Toffee
T: Dark Fruit, Raisins, Mild Caramel
M: Poor Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Sweet
Overall, my beer was under carbonated but not the fault of the brewer. A good quad that wasnt boozy.
Slipstream (1865) - USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the label on this Old World-New World collaboration. Rich, compote and pumpernickel aroma. The taste is even better - stone fruits, dates, tobacco, anise, and prune. The finish is dry and mildly astringent. It is reasonably priced too, and a percentage of the proceeds are contributed to an abbey restoration project - I wish I had grabbed a couple more! This could be the best thing Iíve had from Sierra Nevada.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line :
Cherry-filled chocolates, soft caramel and dried figs meld in this diplomatic Quadrupel.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam covers the dark brown.
-Alcohol is not as apparent as it can be in Quads (excellent!).
-Sweetness levels are kept in check too.
-The finish is compelling; long notes of chocolate, fruitiness and tobacco.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought over for a party, consumed by me: Pours mahogany with a creamy head. Aroma is a lot of raisin, some light hoppiness, prunineness, booziness, and yeast. Taste is somewhat sweet, but also a tad dry and winy at points. Loads of fruitiness is a given. Slight underlying bitterness. Easy to drink for the high gravity. Alcohol is generally well hidden enough.
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, raisin, plums, alcohol and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Pizza Port Carlsbad brewpub. Itís a reddish dark brown beer with a small beige head. Lots of dried fruits on the nose, a little roasted hint, caramel and some alcohol hints. Lacks a bit on complexity, but very nice anyway. Raisins, prunes, caramel, some dark sugar and a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the flavor. Full body, lightly warming and with a silky carbonation. Lacking a little bit on complexity, but itís definitely a nice quad anyway. Like it. 130813
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza port . Pours dark brown south a small of white head. Aroma of red apples, apple peel, malt, caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with some apple peel ,spicy notes, brown sugar and warning alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.
Gramoit (331) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real good quad! Dark fruits and caramel dominate the taste with a spicy finish.